Photographs © David J Constable 2016
I've written something for Waitrose magazine about my time in Tasmania in November 2014 - revisiting it in words. And I miss it, The Apple Isle. That place at the foot of the map, dangling off the edge. Drinking sparkling wine with Stefano Lubiana, taking in the views from the summit of Mount Wellington and meeting knife maker John Hounslow-Robinson in his cabin in the woods.
Here are a selection of photos from my time with John in his forge in Longley.
I've just returned from Corfu on assignment for Jamie Oliver's magazine. The three day trip didn't start well, with a delayed flight and the plane eventually being diverted to Brindisi; followed by a further two hours onboard, six hours in the terminal and a 3am coach ride to an overbooked hotel. Then, the scheduled 11:30am flight was moved to 12:30pm, then 2:30pm.
Anyway, I eventually arrived in Corfu to meet Simon Bajada, the photographer who'd been assigned to work with me and photograph the trip - the full feature is due to be published in August (TBC).
Below are some photos of Thanasis Kontostanos and his beehives.
I travelled to Rome for the Krug World Festival and to take part in a Krug & Egg Culinary workshop with chefs James Won and Yosuke Suga. There was also performances by musician and multivocalist Beardyman and "Blufunk" musician Keziah Jones followed by a specially prepared dinner by Anthony Genovese. I've posted a few of my photos below and you can read my feature on the trip here.
Photographs © David J Constable 2016
I can't escape the fact that everyone is a grooming expert.
Men are now waxing as much as women, and then, with whatever sprouting follicles are left, they're being shampooed, conditioned, waxed, twisted and styled. In fact, the keeping and styling of hair is perhaps now, more than ever, man's greatest fashion statement.
Hair is the ultimate grooming tradition. From Neanderthal long hair to modern-day top-bun. Hair is the implacable, unpluckable enemy of life, however men everywhere appear to be embracing it.
Thinning on top, I'm still going strong around the chin. And so, with the beginning of December and keen to align myself with my bearded brothers and the fantastic work being done by the Decembeard charity for bowel cancer, I have decided to finally take pride in my appearance.
Starting today, I am going to care for my scrub. I'm going to become more face fur conscious and turn this chin-fuzz into a majestic mane. I'm going to rid the grey with Just for Men Moustache & Beard Brush-In, who are one of the official sponsors of Decembeard, and visit my barber for a trim and clean-up.
Partnering with Decembeard, Just for Men are encouraging men to grow their beards throughout December and to raise awareness of bowel cancer. So what better time to colour, thicken and tame my rebellious bristles.
Every 15 minutes someone is diagnosed with bowel cancer and an estimated 16,000 people die from bowel cancer in the UK each year. Decembeard are hoping for 5,000 men to grow their beards and raise £500,000 to fund Beating Bowel Cancer's vital services.
The video below shows my Just for Men application skills (watch the grey disappear) and my message of encouragement to all men: grow your beard this month and help raise awareness for this important charity. If you already have a beard, then congratulations, you are already a real man, but how about spending a little TLC on it; colour, wash, trim and style your face forrest. Embrace this special month.
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